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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I volunteer?

Click the “Volunteer” button to the right of the screen! College Track relies on the generous commitment of volunteers to deliver the high quality of services we offer our students. Volunteers serve as tutors, speakers, college advisors, College Track stewards, and much more.  Volunteering at College Track is highly rewarding as you will directly affect the lives of students in our communities.

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How do I apply?

College Track accepts student applications on a rolling basis. To download an application, click on the "Apply" link to the right of this page. For paper copies, please contact the Assistant to the Site Director at the College Track center nearest you.

Students fill out an application during the spring of their 8th grade year, though there a handful of spots kept open for students who apply in the 9th and 10th grade. Site staff review applications and invite qualified candidates to an in-person interview. Each year, College Track receives as many as 4 applications for every 1 spot. Competitive applicants will demonstrate a commitment to graduating from high school and enrolling in college.

For more information, please contact the Assistant to the Site Director at the College Track center nearest you .

 



Are college scholarships available?

Every College Track student can accrue up to $1,400 each year they are enrolled in the program. These merit-based funds are put into the student’s College Track Bank Fund and can only be accessed once a student is in college. A limited number of additional scholarships are available for students who qualify. These grants are for tuition assistance and experiential learning opportunities.



Where do you get your funding?

College Track is funded by the generous donations of individuals, foundations, corporations, and local governments. In addition, College Track hosts an annual fundraiser that funds College Track’s capacity building, expansion, and necessary capital costs. College Track’s fundraising is overseen by an involved Board of Directors and implemented by a Director of Development and Communications.



How do you stay in touch with your college students?

College Track keeps in touch with our college students in a variety of different ways. Many college students serve as College Track interns and volunteers. Twice per year College Track hosts an alumni luncheon. In addition, college students maintain regular email contact with College Track staff. They also get in touch to withdraw money from their College Track Bank Fund.

Learn more about our College Success Program.



What is your success rate?

College Track boasts a tremendous success rate over the past 14 years. Below are some examples of College Track’s success:

  • 100% of our seniors graduate high school
  • 90% are admitted to a four-year college
  • 65% of our students graduate from college within six years
  • 85% are/will be the first in their family to graduate from college
  • 90% of our students are from low-income households
  • Over the last 13 years we have served over 1,400 students, of which 100 have already graduated from college.
 

Fact #3

US dropouts from the Class of 2007 alone will cost the nation nearly $329 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.

source: Alliance for Excellent Education 2007

 
" NEVER DOUBT that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
  Margaret Mead
 
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